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Treating Uncommon Eating Disorders

“I wish I could eat, but my brain says no”: The Neuroscience of Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder Q&A — two experts describe groundbreaking research and answer questions that help children, teens and adults with food, weight and body issues.

Treating Uncommon Eating Disorders

The Massachusetts General Hospital Leadership Council for Psychiatry 10th Annual Visiting Day was held June 7, 2021. In this video segment — introduced by Chief of Psychiatry Maurizio Fava, MD — through compelling patient stories, you will learn about the groundbreaking work of Jennifer Thomas, PhD, co-director of the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Thomas describes how her training as a young ballet dancer led her to pursue a career in clinical psychology and specialize in eating disorders research. She outlines her most recent focus on avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder and other uncommon eating disorders.

Don’t miss the question-and-answer period that includes program co-director Kamryn Eddy, PhD, and practical suggestions for loved ones to recognize warning signs of eating disorders; an overview of how neurobiology relates to eating disorders; tips to encourage children to eat more vegetables; and an explanation about how eating disorders affect the gastrointestinal system.

For more information on the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, please contact us.

by
Mary Hurley
June 24, 2021